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The fabulous Havana Capitolio, one block south of Parque Central, dominates Havana's skyline. It was built between 1926 and 1929 as Cuba's Chamber of Representatives and Senate and was obsequiously designed after Washington's own Congress building, reflecting the United States' expanding influence in the early 1900s. The lofty cupola rises 61.75 meters and is topped by a replica of 16th-century Florentine sculptor Giambologna's famous bronze Mercury in the Palazzo de Bargello. The pristine recently restored building is constructed of local Capellania limestone. The row of antique cars parked in front is always a common sight and adds a unique sense of deja vue to the scene.